Cowboys' decision on Dez Bryant should wait
July, 17, 2012
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
At some point in the next few years, the Cowboys will have to determine if Dez Bryant is worth it.
|The 911 call Dez Bryant's mother, Angela Bryant, made to DeSoto, Texas, police after the Cowboys receiver allegedly assaulted her. |
Bryant’s arrest Monday is alarming on a number of fronts. The police report states he slapped his mother's face with a baseball cap and pulled her hair. Extenuating circumstances or not, the charge is reprehensible. A man does not put his hands on a woman. Ever.
However, the calls to cut, trade or suspend Bryant seem to be a rush to judgment just hours after the incident. Let the judicial system play out. Let the NFL do whatever it deems necessary with the personal conduct policy. And then make a decision. Maybe the right thing to do will be to cut, trade or suspend him.
|Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas joins "The Scott Van Pelt Show" on ESPN Radio to discuss the arrest of Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and the signing of O.J. Mayo by the Mavericks. |
Bryant is talented. He can do things on the field that few other players can do. This is a critical year for Bryant to show he can do more than just the amazing. He has to show he can do the boring, run the correct routes, make the difficult third-down catches and do the little things that make a good receiver great.
Throughout the years teams have been able to put up with different levels of nonsense from superstars because of the production. The Cowboys did it with Michael Irvin in the 1990s. They did it with Terrell Owens for a little while then owner and general manager Jerry Jones quickly decided to end the run following the 2008 season.
Bryant is signed through 2014, yet people are already wondering if he will get a second contract from the Cowboys. I’m on the record saying I don’t think it happens.
Bryant must show he’s worth it, on and off the field.
He hasn’t proven that yet.